Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Award-winning artists Karen Clark Sheard & jessica Care moore join the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra & University of Michigan Men's Glee Club at 20th Annual Sphinx Finals

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2pm
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
Presented by the DTE Energy Foundation, the Sphinx Competition Finals Concert features three top classical musicians of color accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Thomas Wilkins, as they compete for the $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize and the "Sphinx Audience Choice Award" sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
Award-winning artists Karen Clark Sheard and jessica Care moore join the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club in a performance of John Legend's "Glory." Under the direction of Eugene Rogers, Sphinx will also present a newly-composed work titled "The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" by composer Joel Thompson. This commission is made possible in part with the support of Linda and Stuart Nelson.

Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and multiple Stellar and GMA Dove Award winner Karen Clark Sheard is a vocalist, songwriter, entrepreneur, wife and mother. She is also a gospel music legend and a part of a musical dynasty. Admired by a wide range of vocalists from various genres, Clark Sheard is renowned throughout the music industry for her signature, one-of-a-kind multi-octave vocal range and ability. She has inspired a host of today's brightest pop divas including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, and Faith Evans, among others. 

Photo by Abby

jessica Care moore is an internationally renowned poet and proud Detroit native.  She is a 2016 Kresge Art Fellow,  The 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient,  2015 NAACP Great Expectation Award, Harvard Woman of the Year Award and many more. 

moore is the Executive Producer and Founder of the 12-year old rock & roll concert and empowerment weekend, Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation.

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